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Pony Pilsner | Half Acre Beer Company

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Pony PilsnerPony Pilsner

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pony Pilsner is a firm take on the classic German style aimed to quench the masses.

German hops and malts are braided together to release the crisp awakening your summer self needs.

Added by MasterSki on 03-20-2013

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Photo of Parmesan
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very pale straw yellow color with a medium creamy head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted bread, sweet malt, some light notes of lemon, a nice floral hoppiness.

T: Toasted bread, a slight note of lemon, some sweet cereal malt, balanced out by a nice floral hoppiness.

F: Light, crisp, and easy drinking beer.

O: Nothing spectacular for a pilsner but still a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can dated 08/08/16

Pours clear straw yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like biscuity crackery honey malts, white pepper, apple, pear, sweet lemon, orange citrus, tobacco spice, with dank earthy herbal floral grassy pine. Tastes like zesty orange citrus, sweet lemon, biscuity honey malts, white pepper, tobacco spice, apple, pear, with dank earthy herbal floral grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice hoppy pilsner.

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Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-clear golden-yellow color with 2F head in a Pilsner glass.

Nice aroma: quite fragrant, especially for a Pilsner, fruit, sweet.

The fruit and sweetness carry to the taste with an added biscuit quality.

The finish is very spicy, bitter, dry and very carbonated.

One of the better American Pilsners I have tasted in a while. I especially like the fragrant, spicy quality of the beer. Worth checking out.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear very light straw in color with a finger of soapy white head that quickly dissipated. Decent aroma, lightly toasty with some spicy, herbal hops. Taste mirrors the aroma with a medium bitterness, light herbal hops, and a moderate grainy malt character. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall a solid beer, super drinkable.

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Photo of Mitchster
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$8.99 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans at Binnys in Chicago. No specs or ingredients per the website or can other than being 5.8% ABV.
Pours out to a slightly hazy straw golden with a beautiful soft glow, forming a beautiful bone white head with great retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is great with delicate malt character and some soft but spicy hops, just a little touch of DMS and sulfur, which is what I expect in a great pils. The mouthfeel is crisp, very clean, medium bodied, and finishes beautifully. Taste opens with a touch of clean pils yeast character, then followed by a delicate pils malt crackery goodness, some fresh mown hay, delicate but spicy noble hops flavor and finishing in a beautifully balanced bitterness and a clean finish that makes you want to drink more.

This is a fantastic pils. So glad I picked this up. Up there with prima, warsteiner, bitburger. World class, would drink this year round if it were available in my area. A solid german pils benchmark. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-This is a test. This is only a Test. printed on bottom of can. transfer to spiegelau vessel.

A: Beautiful pale straw-lemon coloring, slightly hazy, with a vibrant rush of effervesce. A equally beautiful crowning, fluffy, off white head that mushrooms above breaching the rim. Head is very well lasting with an overall outstanding presentation for a pilsner. Light window dressing.

S: Straw, some light barnwood, dry hop flowers of light strength.

T: Flavor was sweet malt and spicy hops, fresh orange, with a dry pilsner grain backing. Sweetness from the malt in flashes, mixes with the spicy nature of the hops. Spicy herbal, lightly dry, with a lemony dry hop finish.

M: Light bodied with a nice feel of carbonation. Soft creamy malt, slides easily off the tongue, nice to style.

O: Easy drinkability, spicy hopped pilsner that surpised me from a can. Easy downing, nice german pilsner malts with a bit of spicy hop highlights.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
Bready malts wheat grains dough corn biscuit malts. Earthy malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving specks of lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of herbal and spicy hops along with some notes of floral hops and hints of grainy malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The grainy malts add a bit of "roughness" to the mouthfeel.
O: This is a good American representation of a German beer style. The aromas and flavors of the hops are really exemplified.

Serving type: can

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/25/16 on bottom: Pours crystal clear yellow color with bubbles racing up the brew like champagne to a 2-3 finger bright white head that was full of bubbles if of all sizes and dissipated slowly, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, peppery spices, floral hops, dry or grassy citrus hops, Saaz I assume, which gives off that classic German beer essence. Sweet malt, biscuit, light caramel and mild spices come out more with each whiff. Textbook pilsner with a bit of amped up hops in the profile, very nice aroma.

Tastes like sweet malt, buttered biscuit and lemon zest up front, followed by floral hops, tea leaf, coriander and/or peppery spices, lightly toasted grains, mild yeast and those nice Saaz or Noble hops that remind me a a true German beer. Well balanced, it hides the low ABV well and is very session-able. The aftertaste almost seems like a touch of honey in the mix.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, thin but not watery (almost borders on it, but stays on the "good" side), with mild to average carbonation, a medium to average body for the style and a very smooth easy flow as it goes down. A tasty session beer and very good American representation of the style, I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy straw-colored body, white soapy head with some lines of lace. Pungent pilsner malt and some herbs come through on the nose, while the flavor adds a spicy hop-and-yeast element to this foundation. The dirt quality I normally get from pilsners is still here, but its a minor role and transformed into something enjoyable. Low-moderate bitterness adds a good edge to the rest of the flavors. Creamy body, both light and easy to drink but also somewhat hearty.
If this is what pilsners are supposed to be like then sign me up. The classic flavor of the malt, which I normally do not enjoy, was readily apparent, but its treatment or combination with the rest of the hop/yeast recipe really did it for me.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden color with a thick, frothy bone-white head. Aroma is lemony, grassy noble hops with hints of sweet malts. Flavor is much of the same, with the sweet Pilsner malts shining through and balanced out by the lemony, grassy hops. Feel is great; crisp, clean, slightly creamier than most pilsners I have had, but very drinkable. All in all a great Americanized take on a classic Bohemian style. I would love more 16 oz cans of these!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-01-18 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.

A - Pretty clear straw-gold with a fluffy, white, 1-finger head with nice lace. Lots of bubbles.

S - Bread, lemon and floral. Nice.

T - Lots of bread. Grassy-spice. Lemon flesh. Mineral. Noble hop flavors. Appropriate bitterness. Quite dry.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Just right.

O - Pilsners are one of my most favorite styles and this is a good one. Refreshing and very flavorful. I wish the ABV was 1% or so lower.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst, served chilled in a pilsner glass

The color is lightly hazed golden with thick white head with thick lace. The smell is toasted malt with a slight floral aroma with honey-like sweet scent. The feel is moderately light with moderately carbonated body and medium high bitterness with dry finish.

The taste is malt dominant up front with slight hop flavor with herbal tea-like quality and gentle spiciness mid palate with toasted grain flavor in the back and a nice balance of malt and hops as it finishes. This is a very good pils I would love to have this on a regular basis I like how the yeast is smooth and the noble hops have a spicy taste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pony is a decent pilsner....definitely sessionable. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is grassy and sharp. The taste is evenly balanced saaz hop seemingly present. The beer finishes clean. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is very nice.

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Photo of pkalix
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

beautiful thin, white head. very white, very thin. lacking carbonation in any way (checking date on can.... 50815?). a pilsner HAS to have carbonation to be effective. this one lacks and, therefore, loses major points in the flavor dept. smells a bit sweet, and of adjuncts..... taste is thin. again, maybe it's just old or does pilsner not last long in a can? overall..... meh. my first semi-crummy Half Acre beer!

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Photo of dsharvie
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into Royal pint glass. Nice clear yellow look with white head. Crisp and clean with a fresh taste. Sorry that I didn't get this in the summer. Could be a great summer beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt. The flavor is malt intense with some hops in the background. This is a really good pilsner.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden yellow color, nice clarity, thin ultra-white lacing.

S - Lemons, grass, earthy, crackery malt.

T - Lemons, crackery crisp malt, honey, slightly bready, nice lingering lemon grass bitterness.

M - Medium body, sprightly carbonation but still gentle on the palate, very dry finish.

O - This pilsner is very well done.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Slightly hazed pale straw with 1 finger of white head. Light carbonation.

Cracker, lemon, toasted biscuit, and grass.

Cracker malts with drizzles of honey and hints of toasted biscuit. Well balanced hop bill of lemon and grassy Noble hops.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, balanced, and refreshing.

Simple, clean, and refreshing. A solid Pils worth checking out.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light Orange with a one finger white bubbly head. Not a big smell, but has a lemon smell at first. A very bold tasting Pilsner with much malt presence. Slight citrus hops makes more complex. Crisp with the German skunk bite finish. I love Half Acre! This is a great German Pilsner and I think they can do no wrong!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Balanced, Quaff, Delicious

This tallboy American brewed German Style Pilsner comes off extremely complex, nice hop bite meets a full graininess and then a faintness of sulphur to keep things interesting. Its clean enough to be well within style and the hop character sticks to the palate for a good while.

STYLE: German Pilsner | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Can
Binny's Willowbrook

Another Half Acre package with the typically awesome Half Acre artwork. Pony is a bright golden pilsner with that handsome glow. Slightly hazy throughout does nothing but accentuate the shimmer. The pure white head is crackly, craggy, and firm with impressive stick-to-itiveness. The foam leaves behind thin, sticky lace that will have to be scraped from the glass.

The nose is runs along those typical German pilsner lines. Clean chalky grains lead the way, freshly husked, some a little damp. The hop profile runs mostly fresh cut grass and hay with a nice, clean, buzzsaw effect. A squeeze of lemon brightness bolsters the entirety. Enticing for sure.

While the nose is enticing the flavor cleans up even more, becoming crisp and pure. Freshly cracked grain starts it off with a solid lemon brightness. The fresh grains push throughout, you can taste the sun, while the grassy finish leaves behind a lingering bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Very good!

The body leans toward the moderate side of medium and light and when combined with a lively, but cushy, carbonation makes for an incredibly easy beer to put away in mass quantities. Soft sweetness upfront gives way to buzzsaw bitterness that lingers long after each sip and the drying finish accentuates that bitterness. Drinkable to say the least.

Half Acre seems to do everything well, Pony Pils is no exception. It's clean, to the point, appropriately hoppy, and unquestionably drinkable. Being able to find a Pilsner of this quality from a local brewery this fresh is a treat indeed and it often graces the shelves of my fridge. Way to be Half Acre, way to be!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the more prevalent half acre packages around chicago right now, but a rather safe beer from these guys, who demonstrated to me just how capable of blissful magic they are. this one is pretty straight forward. a pilsener lager with a cream ale richness and lightness at the same time, which was my favorite feature of it. the grain is clean, more belgian pils than german pils in the malt side i think, and the hops are pretty darn light, a little dried grass or hay, and an arid late summer vibe, but its not a bitter beer at all, and its flavored predominantly by the light but textured malt. not as dry as others, which i almost prefer in this context, and the carbonation is really charged up. refreshing and drinkable, but at the end of the day its still a basic pils, which is hard for me to get overly excited about, despite its high overall quality.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours with a light golden yellow color. A finger of crisp white bubbly head is produced. Active carbonation is surprisingly low for the style.

Smell: Butter and doughy malts shine on the front. Straw hop accents follow quickly after. There are some light, yet well complimenting fruit accents of pineapple, kiwi, and grapefruit. The dough and crisp yeast brings this brew full circle.

Taste: Big front of earthy malts and grassy hops. The hops take on some more herbal accents on the body as creamy doughy malts carry on the undertones throughout. Crisp wheat and yeast shine on the back end with some lingering hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy front yields to a crisp hop and yeast finish. Carbonation is lower then expected but still has a potent impact.

Overall: A tasty creation from Half Acre. I always look forward to trying their lesser known options and am usually very pleased. Plenty of hop complexity to keep the drinker interested, yet has many checkpoints I look for in a great pils. Well done.

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Photo of MinisterCurry
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Half Acre is doing really cool stuff with beer here in Chicago, a solid Pils offering.

A - golden, straw and hay, off-sunflower yellow color. Bubbles abound at pour and a healthy, off-white head gathers not too generously at the top of the pint. Mild lacing indicative of the style upon consumption. Effervescence continued throughout enjoyment.

S - noble hops, straw and dried grasses, cotton linen, baked bread, cedar closets.

T - hits palate with a rush of grassy notes that unfold into equal balance of brioche, bread and butter, prairie grasses and hops. Gives subtle notes of lemon and grapefruit eventually.

M - Medium to off dry finish, mouthfeel is overall refreshing, but with no residual sweetness. It's somewhat lactic like butter at first with a later, drier quality like you're running in a field of wheat or prairie grass in late summer.

O - an enjoyable Pilsner that seemingly presents a slightly more prairie and buttery offering in this usually hop driven category of beers. Perhaps more seasonal to spring and summer, food pair it with fish of various preparations, light stone fruit like pear and apricot on a cheese plate or even warm cheese salads and crab or fish cakes.

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Pony Pilsner from Half Acre Beer Company
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